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Ms. Emerald Lopes
Administrative Assistant
Howley Hall, 318
Phone: 401-865-2434​
Fax: 401-865-1222

Dr. William Hudson
Department Chair
Howley 319
Phone: 401-865-2621

Internships, Advising, and Other Opportunities


The department values internships and other types of experiential learning. Juniors and seniors may receive academic credit for internships if these are conducted in conjunction with a student's enrollment in PSC 450 - Political Science Internship. Dr. Mark Hyde is the department's internship coordinator, and oversees the College’s participation in the Rhode Island State House Internship Program. Interested students should consult with their academic advisor or with Dr. Hyde at least one semester prior to any proposed internship.

Washington Semester

Providence College is affiliated with American University's Washington Semester program, which annually include some political science majors from PC. Students apply to compete for these limited positions. Political science students should talk with Dr. Joe Cammarano about the process. For more information please go to our Washington Semester page.

Departmental Advising System

Each political science major is assigned a faculty advisor. Students may contact their advisor at any time to discuss any aspect of their academic work. Students must meet with their advisor at least once a semester, usually in the weeks before course registration, to review their progress, discuss courses requirements and options, and to receive their registration pin number. Students should contact either their advisor or the department administrative assistant to make an appointment.

Graduate School Advising

The department’s designated graduate school advisor can assist students who wish to pursue graduate study. Contact the department office to see who is serving currently as the graduate school advisor.

Pre-Law Advising

Professor John Scanlan of the English department is PC’s pre-law advisor and head of the Pre-Law Program. He can provide information about the undergraduate law courses taught at the College, law schools, and careers. Professor Scanlan can be contacted at 401-865-2446 or at

Community Service Opportunities

The department offers students opportunities to participate in community service that is relevant to the educational goals of the department and our students. Service can occur on a freelance basis, through service-learning courses, or through internships. Student should inquire with faculty if they are interested.

Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity